Dragon Tales

The Arcola Newsletter with All the News at Arcola!

March 11, 2023

Good Afternoon Arcola Families!

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON MONDAY, MARCH 13th! This is a county wide Professional Development Day for staff.


The end of the 3rd quarter is on Friday, March 24th. Please make sure all missing assignments are completed and in by then. Teachers will have a planning day on Monday, March 27th, so there is no school for students on this day.

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead on Sunday!! It's time to Spring forward one hour for daylight savings.

LAST CALL - Yearbook orders are about to end for the $20 price, so please don't forget to order your yearbooks!!! The price is currently $20, so please grab one before the price goes up!

LAST CALL - Sunday, March 12th at 4PM - We are joining our cluster schools and participating in a game against the Harlem Wizards! Click the link below to get your tickets. The Arcola/Champe/Goshen/Mercer team will face these all-stars for an afternoon of family fun at Champe!! As of now, Mrs. Lucchino, Mr. Beck, and Mrs. Davidson are confirmed to represent Arcola at this game!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Friday, April 14th from 6:30-8:30PM - 5th Grade Line Soccer Scuffle @Champe!!! This is a FREE Family Event! We will not charge an admission for this event, but will be charging for concession items, the 50/50 raffle, and for our half-court shoot out at half-time. Please bring cash!

All students who would like to commemorate the Soccer Scuffle, please click the link below to order you own t-shirt!

I hope that you are all able to join us at Arcola sometime soon!

Andrew Stevens



Check out the Flyer BELOW and click the link ABOVE to order tickets!

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LCPS Annual Stakeholder Surveys


The LCPS Annual Family Survey was emailed to parents/guardians on March 13. This is your opportunity to influence the decisions made by your children’s schools and throughout Loudoun County Public Schools. We need your feedback! For more information go to https://www.lcps.org/2023survey

The parent/family survey will only take a few minutes of your time. You will receive an email from Dr. Daniel Smith that will include a link to take the survey. You will be asked to fill out a survey for each school in which you have a child enrolled (elementary, middle, high or program). For more information go to https://www.lcps.org/2023survey

If you do not receive a survey email by March 15, contact research@lcps.org.

Thank you for sharing your opinion with us!


Click this link to find out how you can support the Soccer Scuffle! We need candy donations and volunteers to help with the event. MAKE THIS YOUR TIME TO SHINE-- JOIN US!!!


Get your Soccer Scuffle T-Shirt TODAY! Can't wait to see the student vs staff match of the year!

Superintendent Search

Participate in the Search for LCPS' Next Superintendent

We value your input in selecting LCPS' next superintendent and encourage you to complete the superintendent search survey. Please complete the survey before March 21. The survey is open to all community members, parents, students and staff.

Parents, guardians and students are also invited to meet with GR Recruiting, the consultants managing the superintendent search, at one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, March 14, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Student Session
    Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling, VA
  • Tuesday, March 14, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Parent/Guardian Session
    Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling, VA
  • Wednesday, March 15, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Parent/Guardian Session
    Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA
  • Thursday, March 16, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Parent/Guardian and Student Session*
    Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road, SE, Leesburg, VA
    *ASL and Spanish language interpreters available at this meeting.

The Loudoun County School Board welcomes public participation in this process. Visit our website for more information regarding future steps in the superintendent search. After interviewing finalists this spring, the School Board anticipates finalizing the selection of the new superintendent by early June.


Make sure you know how to access your parentvue account! All of your bus information, grades, teacher assignments will be found in your parentvue account!

Upcoming Testing Calendar for MAP & SOL

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Mercer Middle School - Welcome Rising 6th Grade!

This newsletter will serve as a sneak peek into preliminary dates, some remarkable staff & events that will support acclimating your student(s) to Mercer MS for the upcoming school year. READ CAREFULLY to ensure that you are getting all information.

5th Grade Mercer Middle School Field Trip

5th graders will be visiting Mercer Middle School on Thursday, March 16th. Students will be departing Arcola at 9:15 a.m. and returning at 11:45 a.m.

Students will be touring the school, participating in other fun activities and eating lunch in the cafeteria. Students may pack their lunch or buy. If your student plans to buy lunch, please make sure they have money in their lunch account or cash. (They will use the same lunch number in Mercer's cafeteria).

All classroom teachers will be attending this field trip and chaperones will not be needed.

5th Grade Parents - Please click on your child's classroom teacher link to give permission to go on the field trip. Please complete the permission form by Thursday, March 9th.








LAST CALL - Mercer MS Instrument Test Drive

Mercer Middle School is hosting one final instrument test drive event on Monday, March 27th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. An instrument test drive is required for band students to ensure your child is choosing an instrument that is a good fit for them.

Please sign up for a time slot using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45a9a62daafb6-mercer3#/

If these times do not work for your family, please reach out to us so we can work together to set your child up for success in band. Here are our emails:

Kristen Friend: kristen.friend@lcps.org

Melanie Manning: melanie.manning@lcps.org

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Pants for Clinic

Our school clinic is in need of pants of all sizes that can be used for our students

  • Used or new.
  • Small, Medium or Large.
  • Drop them off or send them with your student.
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Arcola PTA Spring Basket Raffle Volunteers

The annual Basket Raffle & Bingo will take place on Friday, April 28th 6:00-8:30 PM

To make this event a success, we ask that each class put together a basket based on a theme for the raffle. Typically, the room parents are able to assist with putting together the baskets for their class; however, this year, many teachers do not have room parents to assist with this effort.

We are asking that completed baskets be dropped off in the office no later than Friday March 31st.

Please note that if you don't see your teachers name in the list, that means we already have a room parent or a parent who signed up to help with that class.

SIGN UP LINK: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D48A5A629A1FC1-spring

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PTA Board Member Interest Form 2023-24

As we look ahead to our 2023-24 school year, the AES PTA has begun actively searching for individuals interested in filling our Treasurer and Secretary roles. If you think you might be interested, please fill out the form linked here!

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Learning A New Language Series!

Answering Questions about Bilingualism in Childhood


We are very excited to announce the launch of SchoolCash Online, a new online payment system that allows parents to pay for school-related fees, including everything from field trips to yearbooks.

What is SAFE2TALK?

For many years we have encouraged students to share information about suspicious activity or unusual incidents with trusted adults in our schools, including teachers, coaches, principals and other administrators. Loudoun County Public Schools and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office are collaborating on the use of a new mobile anonymous tip application called “Safe2Talk.”

This app can easily be downloaded onto any mobile device through the device’s App Store. While we prefer that all information is brought directly to the attention of a trusted LCPS staff member or law enforcement officer, we understand that some students and parents may wish to remain anonymous.

In support of See Something, Say Something, please speak with your children about this app and help them download the app to their device. We also encourage you to download the app for yourself.

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